Okay, that title reference is probably only going to be understood by the extreme nerds. (Think Star Wars.) ANYWAY, now we're going to get to the quilts at QuiltCon! Believe me when I tell you there were so many amazing quilts that it got pretty overwhelming. I took lots of pictures, and I'll show some of my favorites here. I wish I could show you all of them but that would get a little ridiculous.
Not only were there tons of beautiful quilts by quilters from all over the world, there was a great show of some of Denyse Schmidt's favorite quilts, and they were so fun to see in person. They really do have such a presence when you get to see them in person - the details on the quilting, the little bits of scraps that Denyse chooses to accent her solid pieces, the bold designs. I loved them! In fact, let's just take a peek at a few now.
This beautiful quilt is classic Denyse - I love the soft colors.
This is one of my favorite Denyse designs, called "Single Girl" (maybe that's why I like it?). It's her take on the traditional double-wedding ring design. I have the pattern for this one but I have yet to tackle it. The pattern has lots of sizes so maybe I'll make a small one or pillow. So cute!
Here are two from Elizabeth Hartman - Touch This Quilt and Honey In Space. Elizabeth has a definite style of her own, and I always love her fabric and color choices.
Here's a fun one by Thomas Knauer called In Defense of Handmade - this bar code is the actual bar code from a mass-produced quilt by Martha Stewart at Macy's.
Here are two that use natural linen and bright colors in a fun way. This is called Fresh Linen by Vickie Owen from San Antonio. I really liked the use of the heavier linen Echino fabrics in this quilt - I have always loved those groovy Echino fabrics but I never really knew what to do with them. I don't know why I didn't think of making a quilt! It looks great! Beautiful quilting too, by Karen Nanos.
Here is Neutral and Neon by Latifah Saafir, she of the Los Angeles Modern Quilt Guild. I love the combo of neon, graphic black patterns, and neutral tan linen.
This groovy quilt is called Psychedelic Baby by Katie Pederson of Seattle (shout-out!). Katie is awesome and is the co-author of Quilting Modern, which is a great book you should get if you like this cool shattered look. I love the colors in this quilt!
Now, I don't think it gets much cooler than this quilt. I hope you know who it is, but if not, start watching Parks and Recreation now! This quilt is RonQuilt: The Ron Swanson Quilt by Monica Solario-Snow of Astoria, Oregon. It's a pixelated image of the character Ron Swanson (played by Nick Offerman, aka Mr. Megan Mullaly), who is just awesome on the show. Watch it! (After you finish this post of course.)
I love these bold and bright diamonds. This quilt is Broken Diamonds by Kati Spencer of Utah. Pretty!
Finally, we have the bomb-diggity of quilts from the show: Double Edged Love by Victoria Findlay Wolfe from New York. This quilt won Best in Show, and for good reason! It is AMAZING. I totally love everything about it.
Victoria used Jay McCarroll's Center City fabric collection (is it self-serving of me to remind you that some of this fab line is available at Quilt Sandwich? No, I've decided) and pieced together a whole quilt top. She then cut it up into the pieces she needed and accented it with solids in really interesting ways. I love the very 80's feel of the white, black and pink. (Speaking of 80's, I'm pretty sure I saw Victoria at the 80's Dance Party wearing a Melrose Place shirt - can she get any cooler?!) What makes the quilt even more spectactular is the beautiful quilting done by Lisa Sipes - she did a lot of different patterns in sections on the quilt and they are all really cool and perfectly done. Here's one close-up I especially liked:
I LOVE that plaid pattern! And you can also see a nice, small pebble pattern too - I cannot imagine how much thread she went through to do this. And the time it took of course. Amazing! For some reason I didn't take a picture of the back of the quilt, which I really regret now. It looked great.
Well, I hate to follow that, but I'm going to - finally, we have a picture of my own quilt, Oreos and Creamsicles, hanging up in the show! It was really exciting to see it displayed, and I even saw someone I didn't know taking a picture of it! That made me feel pretty good. I did not plan to coordinate with it but hey, look at that. I don't look too bad with my black and gray. (The yellow is a bit off, but I like it.)
Well, that's it for my QuilCon updatin'! I didn't even talk about how awesome Amy Butler and David Butler were, or that I got to chat with them after their talks and they super cool. Oh look, I just talked about them!
Okay then. Get quilting!